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Charlottesville woman among first to sue Volkswagen

The first wave of lawsuits targeting Volkswagen’s discredited clean diesel claims have landed in Alexandria federal court.

As of Friday, four class action complaints had been filed, according to online court records. A fifth, with a Charlottesville auto buyer as lead plaintiff, was reported by television station WVIR-TV.

Law firms Motley Rice of South Carolina and MichieHamlett of Charlottesville represent Jeanine Butler in her bid to lead a class action against the auto maker.

Butler claims she was defrauded by VW’s clean diesel claims. A Volkswagen executive has admitted the company used software that circumvented inspection tests. The CEO was replaced Friday.

“She’s really upset about this. She believes she got a raw deal; she didn’t get what she thought she got in the purchase of the vehicle,” Charlottesville’s Greg Webb told WVIR.

Other suits on behalf of groups of VW owners have been filed by Alexandria lawyers Craig C. Riley and David W. Stanley and Washington attorneys Gregory Y. Porter and Michael Weitzner.

Volkswagen Group of America Inc. has corporate headquarters in Herndon.

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